Mason Kimber's second solo exhibition at Galerie pompom.
16 March – 9 April 2017
Artist talk 12pm Sunday 19 March
‘Mason is on the floor of his studio, casually shuffling through soft piles of hand-drawn sketches as if they are receipts, or quotes (albeit his own). He appears to be looking for – and finding – nothing in particular. He talks while he touches the paper. His process is to flicker – a jarring term he often uses to describe both the quality he is seeking to bring out in the paintings and the way he goes about bringing it – between the material and mannered spaces of architecture, the screen and the canvas. He wants the final images to flicker too. From the piles of paper quotations, he makes digital collages that form the basis of larger works on canvas, painted in acrylic and collaged with scraps of cheap synthetic fabric sourced from second-hand stores and torn and cut sections of his own painted canvases. He gleans from his own crops.’
Excerpt from ‘PAINTINGS OF PAINTINGS’ by Stella Rosa McDonald.
Mason Kimber completed a Master of Fine Art (Painting) from the National Art School, Sydney in 2013. The following year he was awarded the National Art School British School at Rome Residency in Italy, where he researched the spatial illusion found in fresco painting. In the same year he was a finalist in the Substation Contemporary Art Prize, the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship, the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, and received an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council. He was also awarded a 12-month studio residency at Parramatta Artists Studios. In 2015 Kimber was a finalist for the NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) at Artspace, Sydney.
Recent solo exhibitions include Oltre la Vista, Galerie pompom, Sydney (2015); Stranger at Home, Archive Space, Sydney (2014); Screen Memory, MOP Projects, Sydney (2013) and Sin Rastros (Without a Trace), Residencia Corazon, Buenos Aires (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Auckland Art Fair, Galerie pompom, The Cloud, Auckland (2016); Right Here, Right Now, Penrith Regional Gallery and Lewers Bequest, Penrith (2015); Roman Remains, Transition Gallery, London (2015) and Sydney Painting Now, Galerie pompom, Sydney (2014). Kimber has presented a number of commissioned large-scale painted environments, most recently for NEW16, curated by Annika Kristensen, at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2016). He is one of seven artists recently awarded a One Year Studio at Artspace, Sydney for 2017.